March 16 / 13.30 Cheltenham

13.30

Soft

Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Golden Miller) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £98472.5
  • 2m 3f 168y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
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Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Golden Miller) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.50

Form: P-1211 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Won the Grade 1 Challow as a novice hurdler last term before flops at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals; wind surgery followed; while he disappointed on second chase start, he's won the other three and particularly impressed when always front rank in C&D handicap on latest (soft; unraced on heavy); on his way up and a serious contender on that latest evidence.
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0

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Stage Star

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, raced in second after 2nd, not fluent 11th, mistake 12th, lost position 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

10/11

2

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Stage Star

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Smart front-running novice chaser during a 2022-23 campaign that included two notable wins at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft), beating Notlongtillmay in Festival Grade 1 on second occasion; flopped at Aintree on final outing but that's not the form to judge him on; major contender back here.

11/2

5th

3

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Stage Star

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

led

6/4

66/1

  • Place: £8.60

Form: 41-111 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Seven races; huge progress for new yard this term over fences, winning one novice handicap at Wetherby and two over 2m4f at Musselburgh (soft ground on penultimate start); hugely on top from the front the last twice and should have more improvement in him, but this company is so much harder.
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5

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Notlongtillmay

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: L J Morgan

Very solid record (form figures 111242) since joining Laura Morgan and switched to fences; good second in major 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham most recently and filled same position in Grade 1 novice there last March; versatile ground-wise; has progressive RPRs and should go well again.

5/1

5

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Notlongtillmay

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Very progressive last season, winning three novice handicaps then good second to Stage Star in 2m4f Festival Grade 1; posted another sound Cheltenham effort (2m, good) on reappearance, which tees him up nicely for this prize; clear possibilities with the return to 2m4f a likely plus.

7/1

4th

1

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:15 Cheltenham

Notlongtillmay

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Has not looked back since joining this progressive yard, winning three Class 3 handicaps (1m7f-2m4f; from soft to good) before excelling himself when second at 40-1 in the 2m4f Grade 1 here in March (soft); raised 10lb but there was no obvious reason to believe that improved effort flattered him; his jumping should be an asset over this sharper test; respected.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: P-1111 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict
Blew out in last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle at this meeting; successful Down Royal chase debut preceded Grade 1 wins at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft) and Leopardstown (2m5f, yielding), asserting impressively; mostly fine leaps but also the odd notable mistake; oozes class and has clearly the best chase form.
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7

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 170y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Mighty Potter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

slightly awkward start, raced wide, prominent, not fluent 3rd, disputing third when pecked on landing 5th, pressed leaders when fell 10th

6/4

3rd

6

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Mighty Potter

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

11/10

1st

6

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 44y

13:40 Leopardstown

Mighty Potter

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, prominent after 2nd, mistake 6th

11/10

Form: /6-113 C BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
No ground worries; 2021 Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner here, respectable sixth in Champion Hurdle on only start last season; no errors and no difficulty when making all at long odds-on in first two chases this term; his only runs beyond 2m1f were in points and at 2m4f in a 2019 bumper win, but he now looks ready for it again after his creditable third in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown, challenging at the last but left behind by Tuesday's Arkle winner El Fabiolo and pipped for second by Banbridge; big each-way chance.
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3rd

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

Appreciate It

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan; failed to replicate that form in the Savills at Leopardstown.

8/1

5th

2

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Appreciate It

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan.

16/1

2nd

1

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 150y

14:30 Punchestown

Appreciate It

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, led, faced challenge home turn, ridden and clear after 2 out, headed but kept on well after last

14/1

Form: P-2323 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Pulled up in 2022 Coral Cup here before wind surgery; minor honours in all four chases, the only disappointment on good ground on penultimate start; tongue-tie first applied for C&D handicap (soft) last time and that never-dangerous third of 11 was up with his best form but Stage Star gave him 2lb and beat him almost 14l; has potential but major work to do.
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9th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Has been chasing since November 2022, sole win coming in 2m3f Listed race (soft) in October this term; often highly tried but he never seriously threatened when third off much the same mark in this race last year, his only previous handicap chase, and he wasn't in peak form last two outings.

14/1

1

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Unexpected Party

11st 9lb

T: Dan Skelton

Form: 9/2-16 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict
4-13 in his French days; debut for Willie Mullins was in the 2021 Champion Hurdle no less, beaten 32l, but he was then a Grade 1 runner-up at Punchestown that April; off 612 days before easily making all when 1-4 at Fairyhouse (2m5f, soft; further smart form) on New Year's Eve in his first chase, but remote last to Mighty Potter in Leopardstown Grade 1 five weeks later.
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3rd

4

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

James Du Berlais

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Decent novice last season; big handicaps looking more his level this season, best effort when not quite getting home in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; drop in trip should suit and looks a leading player here.

6/1

4th

3

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

James Du Berlais

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

prominent on inner, went second and pressed leader 6th, disputed lead 9th, led 11th, headed last, weakened final 110yds

25/1

4th

4

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:40 Thurles

James Du Berlais

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Better known for his hurdling exploits, especially in his early days in France; won on chasing debut at Fairyhouse in January after a long absence; found the competition too demanding in four Grade 1 attempts subsequently.

8/1

Form: P3-512 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict
Won novice handicap at Kempton (2m4f, soft; unraced on heavy) on second chase start and did it easily by 9l; very good front-running second to Wednesday's Brown Advisory second Gerri Colombe in Grade 1 at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) latest and has sometimes jumped to his left, so going this way round instead may help; progressive and in each-way calculations.
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2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

15:00 Ayr

Balco Coastal

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent, led after 2nd, headed 8th, led again 10th, joined 4 out, weakened quickly 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

2/1

7th

2

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Balco Coastal

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent

10/1

2nd

1

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Balco Coastal

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped left on occasions, led, disputed lead after 6th, prominent from 9th

7/2

Form: 0-1132 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Won 2022 Martin Pipe over hurdles at this meeting; impressed over fences at Gowran and Cheltenham on first two starts this season; looked as if he badly needed a step back up in trip in the 2m1f Grade 1 Irish Arkle at Leopardstown, not jumping so well, outpaced well in rear before grabbing second from Appreciate It on the post; while he has 2m4f today, penultimate start (heavy defeat behind Mighty Potter) reinforces a doubt about him on soft ground.
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1st

4

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Banbridge

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Irish horse who has been progressive through his career, including over hurdles; 3-5 as a novice chaser last season, culminating in Grade 1 success at Aintree when taking record in British races over 2m/2m4f to 3-3; looks ideally suited by good/good to soft ground; should make a big impact in open company this season and is very interesting on reappearance.

9/4

1

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Banbridge

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won his first two over fences, looking decidedly smart on the second occasion at Cheltenham (2m, good); later held his own in Irish Grade 1s (2m4f/2m1f) on softer ground but confirmed his preference for drier conditions when cosily winning the 2m4f Manifesto here on Thursday; that looks his optimum trip and to win two Grade 1s in the space of three days is asking a lot.

7/2

1st

1

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Banbridge

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent

13/8

Form: 260-22

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdles form, most on soft (not proven on heavy); sixth in 2m5f Coral Cup here last March, albeit well beaten; flopped in May 2021 on first attempt over fences; having another go this term following a fourth wind operation, and he's not been disgraced over 2m in two small fields but that form leaves him with a mountain to climb and hurdles form is also not good enough.
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9th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Christopher Wood

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Not the force of old but edging down the weights and a respectable third on both starts this winter; the latest was over an extended 3m7f behind a runaway winner in the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh (only his second run beyond 2m5f) but he'll need a fair bit better to take this.

12/1

3rd

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Christopher Wood

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Venetia Williams

disputed lead, prominent 3rd, in touch with leaders 7th

12/1

3rd

1

17th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 3

13:35 Carlisle

Christopher Wood

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Useful hurdler; consistent efforts over fences (2m-2m4f) last term, then ran respectably on the Flat in May; had wind surgery (his fifth) since; possibilities off a reduced mark, provided he returns from layoff in good form and sees out this stiff 2m5f.

4/1

Non-runners

Banbridge, Christopher Wood

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £256.30
Straight Forecast £152.55
Tricast £452.96
Trifecta £442.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Mighty Potter

SPOTLIGHT:

Stage Star

Telegraph:

Appreciate It

LAMBOURN:

Balco Coastal

The Sun:

Banbridge

The Times:

Mighty Potter

The Guardian:

Mighty Potter

Daily Mail:

Mighty Potter

Daily Mirror:

Mighty Potter

TOPSPEED:

Stage Star

POSTDATA:

Stage Star

WEST COUNTRY:

Stage Star

D Express:

Appreciate It

The Star:

Appreciate It

Daily Record:

Appreciate It